OmniFocus Solves Task-Related Woes

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We all lead busy lives. Whether you’re a student trying to keep your class work straight while you work towards a degree, you’re a small business owner hustling for clients and juggling myriad tasks, you’re a corporate manager dealing with multiple projects and teams of employees, or you’re a work-at-home mom looking for ways to balance the many obligations associated with running a business, raising kids, and keeping your home in ship shape, you might be on the lookout for a handy app that will help you to keep everything straight. And while there are certainly plenty of applications for your mobile devices that deliver varying levels of functionality in a wide range of prices when it comes to listing tasks and managing projects, the best all-around option is a handy app called OmniFocus.

Mac users may already be familiar with the web-based program of the same name, which promises to help users increase productivity through adding, organizing, and processing tasks. The OnmiFocus app for the iPhone and iPad makes the experience mobile. So anyone who has been using the software on their computer for a while will surely see the value in adding the app to their personal or professional lineup. Of course, it will set you back $39.99 for the optimized iPad version, but if you go for the original iPhone version you can now have virtually the same functionality for half the price ($19.99). And you’ll get a lot for your money.

What sets this app apart from others of its kind is that it allows for multiple types of organization. For example, you can start with overarching goals, add projects within those goals, and then further narrow to task lists. But you can also set contexts for categorization, such as people or places. Say you are working on multiple projects at the office and you have a variety of tasks associated with each. While you will assign tasks on a project-by-project basis, you can also set them under the context of a place, the office, so that you can easily view all of the tasks for the day regardless of which project they’re associated with. Or if you want to keep track of all your kids’ activities you can enter them under personal context headings.

And of course, everything shows up on your calendar as scheduled so you can see at a glance what is coming up today or skip ahead to see what you’ve got on the horizon for the week. You’ll also get notifications to remind you of scheduled events and due dates. As an added bonus, tasks that are assigned to certain places will show up on a map and the application will let you know if any other tasks are associated with that location or nearby areas so that you might multitask. And the sync feature will ensure that you have access to all of your data no matter what device you’re working on. In short, OmniFocus is one smart app that can enhance productivity for everyone from a Tampa business broker to a soccer mom to a Harvard law student.

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